[kuh m-pahyl]
verb (used with object), com·piled, com·pil·ing.
  1. to put together (documents, selections, or other materials) in one book or work.
  2. to make (a book, writing, or the like) of materials from various sources: to compile an anthology of plays; to compile a graph showing changes in profit.
  3. to gather together: to compile data.
  4. Computers. to translate (a computer program) from a high-level language into another language, usually machine language, using a compiler.

Origin of compile

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin compīlāre to rob, pillage, steal from another writer, equivalent to com- com- + -pīlāre, perhaps akin to pīla column, pier, pile1, pīlāre to fix firmly, plant (hence, pile up, accumulate)
Related formspre·com·pile, verb (used with object), pre·com·piled, pre·com·pil··com·pile, verb (used with object), re·com·piled, re·com·pil·ing.un·com·piled, adjectivewell-com·piled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for recompile


verb (tr)
  1. to make or compose from other materials or sourcesto compile a list of names
  2. to collect or gather for a book, hobby, etc
  3. computing to create (a set of machine instructions) from a high-level programming language, using a compiler

Word Origin for compile

C14: from Latin compīlāre to pile together, plunder, from com- together + pīlāre to thrust down, pack
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Word Origin and History for recompile



early 14c., from Old French compiler "compile, collect" (13c.), from Latin compilare "to plunder, rob," probably originally "bundle together, heap up;" hence "to pack up and carry off," from com- "together" (see com-) + pilare "to compress, ram down." Related: Compiled; compiling.

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